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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP31 Mar 2018 10:58 a.m. PST

"Musicians have played an important role on the battlefield for centuries. Fifes, bagpipes, and trumpets have been used to instruct friends and intimidate foes. And since at least as long ago as the days of ancient Babylon, the beating of animal skins has rallied the troops on the field, sent signals between the masses, and scared enemies half to death. Sometimes the drummers given these monumental responsibilities were mere lads…."
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Personal logo John the Greater Supporting Member of TMP02 Apr 2018 1:14 p.m. PST

At least in the Civil War the drummers (actually all musicians) were paid more than the privates because they had a skill. Imagine getting paid less than a 12-year-old.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP06 Apr 2018 10:10 a.m. PST

A fortune!….


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